Erdrich at the 2015 National Book Festival. American author, writer of novels, poetry, and children’s books featuring Native American characters and settings. Erdrich is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant writers of the second wave of the Native American Renaissance.
She is also the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore in Minneapolis that focuses on Native American literature and the Native community in the Twin Cities. Erdrich was born on June 7, 1954, in Little Falls, Minnesota. Erdrich attended Dartmouth College from 1972 to 1976.
She was a part of the first class of women admitted to the college and earned an A. During her first year, Erdrich met Michael Dorris, an anthropologist, writer, and then-director of the new Native American Studies program. In 1978, Erdrich enrolled in a Master of Arts program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
She earned the Master of Arts in the Writing Seminars in 1979. Erdrich later published some of the poems and stories she wrote while in the M. Erdrich remained in contact with Dorris. He attended one of her poetry readings, became impressed with her work, and developed an interest in working with Erdrich. Although Erdrich and Dorris were on two different sides of the world, Erdrich in Boston and Dorris in New Zealand for field research, the two began to collaborate on short stories.
5,000 in the Nelson Algren fiction competition. Around the same time, Dorris returned from New Zealand. The pair’s literary partnership led them to a romantic relationship. They married in 1981, and raised three adopted children and three biological children together. Native and non-Native cultures, as well as celebrating family, ties of kinship, autobiographical meditations, monologues, and love poetry.
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